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Cruising Article – 2011-08-30

Top landmarks on the twin islands of St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis, Caribbean

Among the many Caribbean islands of note, the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis are two of the least known. Perhaps this is due to the relative quiet of the small regions and the established conservation laws which prohibit the building of any structure higher than a palm tree. This attention to preservation is the single most valuable aspect of these two islands, as the natural beauty is of utmost importance. The gorgeous sweeping hills and beaches of this land is chock full of history and travelers will find many fascinating sites to explore when visiting.

The many rolling hills and forests of the islands can be seen from high above at the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to ruins left by the British during past conflicts. The fort, built in 1690, is located atop the highest point on St. Kitts and is available for viewing by guided tour. An interesting aspect of the fort is that it was built entirely on site. Both the stones and the mortar binding the walls were carved by hand from the very landscape the fortress dwells upon.

Romney Manor is another interesting site worth exploration. Once owned by a descendant of Thomas Jefferson, this ten-acre estate is considered by many to be a majestic area, as the area features an ancient saman tree that is 350 years old and 24 feet thick.

Those wishing to shop or eat in this region may travel to Basseterre, on the island of St. Kitts. A number of landmarks exist in this town, and are well worth the trip for travelers after experiencing some of the region's native food. Bassaterre is laid out in a grid formation, so any places of interest will be easy to find. St. George's Anglican Church is another example of a stone structure built from the volcanic rock found around the island.

Frigate Bay is located south of Bassaterre. This peninsula is shaped like an elongated hammer and features a number of places for vacationers to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of St. Kitts. The beaches here are plentiful and most of this area is undeveloped which lends a stoic atmosphere to the area. Certain beaches do offer small seaside bars and restaurants for those looking to enjoy a cocktail or snack after wandering around and taking in the excellent views of the Caribbean Sea. The allure of St. Kitts and Nevis is most evident in this area, and those who experience this unique place will never forget the harmonious feeling it brings.